2020 NBA Mock Draft 4.0: A Brand New Year Edition
2020 NBA Mock Draft
It's a strange year as teams are preparing for the NBA Draft. With an injury, two overseas prospects and a player opting not to finish his season, four of the top five prospects are not playing in college. What results is a draft board with a lot of uncertainty at the top.
Draft order based on Jan. 12 standings.
1. Atlanta Hawks: James Wiseman
Height/Weight: 7'0, 230 lbs
Wiseman is all over draft boards with a lot of mocks now having Anthony Edwards now as the No. 1 pick. With Wiseman leaving Memphis and having such a small collegiate sample size it's hard not to blame them, but it still seems like Wiseman's athletic potential will be too enticing to pass up. The question here would be if Atlanta thinks he can play with John Collins, or if another player is a better positional fit.
2. Golden State Warriors: Anthony Edwards
Height/Weight: 6'4, 205 lbs
Edwards looks like the total package of NBA athleticism, a well-rounded skillset and a reliable outside shot. Against top-SEC competition, he looks like a man among boys, but he may have peaked physically at an early age and NBA teams will have to evaluate how that will affect his upside.
3. New York Knicks: LaMelo Ball
School: Int./Illawarra Hawks (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'6, 165 lbs
This would be the ideal scenario for those who enjoy NBA drama and chaos. We saw what having one of LaVar Ball's sons on the Lakers was like. Imagine putting another into the dysfunction of the Knicks. LaVar in the New York media market would be the best reality show out there.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Deni Avdija
School: Int./Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Height/Weight: 6'9, 215 lbs
Teams and scouts are extremely high on Avdija. After the success of Luka Doncic, who both have a similar skillset, somebody will take him early. The young international star is slowly developing his game in the Euroleague and getting better as the year goes on.
5. Washington Wizards: Cole Anthony
School: North Carolina
Height/Weight: 6'3, 185 lbs
The knee surgery he had in Dec. has many questioning whether he will return this season or play it safe with the draft in mind. If he doesn't, the poor shooting numbers he posted through nine games at UNC are going to give teams pause. Just ask Cam Reddish how that can go.
6. Chicago Bulls Tyrese Haliburton
School: Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6'5, 172 lbs
A pass-first point guard has shown against top-tier opposition that he has the ability to score and also do it efficiently. Tyrese Hailburton took over Iowa State's matchups against Michigan and Seton Hall. The play-making ability of Haliburton is one of the best in this year's draft.
7. Detroit Pistons: RJ Hampton
School: Int./New Zealand Breakers (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
LaMelo Ball is putting up really impressive numbers in Australia, while Hampton is not. But some team in the lottery will take a chance on him because his size and athleticism is so enticing.
8. New Orleans Pelicans: Tyrese Maxey
Height/Weight: 6'2, 190 lbs
Another phenomenal performance against Louisville shot up several big boards, re-affirming what everyone already knew about his scoring ability when he was the No. 13 recruit in the country. Still, the consistency from the field is a concern, but the talent will be hard for teams to resist. If any of the other point guards drop though, expect the Pelicans to bite.
9. Charlotte Hornets: Jaden McDaniels
Height/Weight: 6'10, 185 lbs
McDaniels has a lot of potential and a great handle for his size. He can play in multiple roles and is ideal for today's NBA. At 6-10, his reach is 8-11 and can finish at the rim and in the air, although teams will likely want him bringing the ball up the court.
10. San Antonio Spurs: Nico Mannion
Height/Weight: 6'3, 180 lbs
As a pass-first point guard, Mannion is a great piece to add to any team. His vision is one of the best in this draft and has the ability to set up everyone on a roster. He's great off the ball and can knock down spot-up shots, but deadly in transition.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Obi Toppin
Height/Weight: 6'9, 220 lbs
Obi Toppin has quickly exploded onto the NBA draft scene after phenomenal performances over three straight Power-5 opponents. He's averaging 22 points as a 6-9 forward. While he does his damage in the paint, he does have handles that are needed in the NBA.
12. Portland Trailblazers: Precious Achiuwa
Height/Weight: 6'8, 210 lbs
Achiuwa has an NBA-ready frame and will probably be an effective rebounder from Day 1. Portland needs a little more depth at the forward spot and would be a great opportunity for him to play behind or alongside Hassan Whiteside.
13. Phoenix Suns: Theo Maledon
School: Int./ASVEL Basket (France)
Height/Weight: 6'4, 174 lbs
Maledon is a combo guard with good size, who turns 19 right before draft night. The good news is that he's now in the Euroleague, the second-best league in the world. Luka Doncic has shown how success there can translate to the NBA.
14. San Antonio Spurs: Onyeka Okongwu
Height/Weight: 6'9, 245 lbs
A five-star recruit chose to go out to USC to start his career which put him under the radar for much of the early portion of the season. But, Okongwu has had some nice outings since, including a dominating 33-point game vs. Pepperdine in 30 minutes.
15. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies): Killian Hayes
School: Int./Cholet (France)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 176 lbs.
Hayes will be 18 on draft night, as he was born in 2001. That will make a lot of people feel old, but also NBA front offices view him as a long-term project. Anfernee Simons of the Blazers, though, is showing how that type of patience can pay off.
16. Orlando Magic: Josh Green
Height/Weight: 6'6, 206 lbs
On a loaded Arizona squad, Green is developing other areas of his game. He hasn't shown the talent, or necessarily needed to, that will make him a coveted prize of the draft. Green has NBA athleticism but will need to prove he can score more efficiently if he wants to solidify a spot in the first round.
17. Brooklyn Nets: Isaac Okoro
Height/Weight: 6'6, 225 lbs
Okoro is an agile and explosive athlete but is also undersized for his playing style. His shooting percentages are a major red flag, including at the free-throw line. He is a very similar prospect to Zhaire Smith, whom the Sixers took in 2018 and has yet to make much noise at all at the NBA level.
18. Oklahoma City Thunder: Patrick Williams
School: Florida State
Height/Weight: 6'8, 225 lbs
Williams' court vision is incredible and could be a primary distributor if needed. What really makes him stand out though is his defensive athleticism. He can keep up with quick guards but also hold his own in the post.
19. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers): Vernon Carey
Height/Weight: 6'10, 275 lbs
Carey is the latest top recruit by Coach K that is likely a one-and-done, and he's quietly putting up great numbers at Duke. He can score, rebound and block shots, but can he shoot?
20. Dallas Mavericks: Aaron Nesmith
Height/Weight: 6'6, 213 lbs
No one had a bigger jump from last year to this year than Vanderbilt's Aaron Nesmith. As a lengthy wing, his draft stock could rise quickly the closer draft night gets.
21 Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Tre Jones
Height/Weight: 6'2, 183 lbs
Developing an offensive game will be the biggest hurdle for Tre Jones to develop into a top-tier NBA prospect. It's still early but he has already increased his scoring by a six-point average and is starting to get more comfortable from 3-point range. Last year he was arguably the best defender in the country and now he is the leader of the Blue Devils. Still plenty of time for him to rise before the draft.
22. Toronto Raptors: Isaiah Stewart
Height/Weight: 6'9, 245 lbs
An imposing force on the court with a 6-9, 250-pound frame. Immediately teams will be drawn to his strength and power. Noted for focusing on all the little things and refined mechanics of a true center, but will need to work on his speed and endurance.
23. Los Angeles Clippers: Zeke Nnaji
Height/Weight: 6'11, 240 lbs
The 38th-ranked recruit coming into this season, Nnaji is looking like a really nice find for Arizona. If he can show some promise with his outside shot, he might move up the board even further before the year is out.
24. Houston Rockets: Aleksej Pokusevski
Team: Olympiacos (Euroleague)
Height/Weight: 6'11, (N/A)
An 18-year-old, 7-foot center will have anybody interested in Pokusevski. His experience is limited though, he played two games in the Euroleague last season and has not suited up yet this year.
25. Utah Jazz: Jahmi'us Ramsey
School: Texas Tech
Height/Weight: 6'4, 195 lbs
It would not be surprising if Ramsey moved up draft boards this season. Texas Tech has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough and he's shooting the lights out from three so far this season.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): Jordan Nwora
Height/Weight: 6'7, 225 lbs
Nwora just continues to improve as a college player, now in his third season at Louisville. He's a 20-point scorer who shoots over 40 percent from three who can rebound very well for his position. The question will be what his ceiling is.
27. Miami Heat: Cassius Winston
School: Michigan State
Height/Weight: 6'1, 185 lbs
Winston seems like the classic guard who will be overlooked at the top of the draft because of his size and age, but who will ultimately carve out a nice and long career as a fringe starter. He's a winner and a textbook floor general. He has to prove he can make threes consistently at the next level.
28. Boston Celtics: Kaleb Wesson
School: Ohio State
Height/Weight: 6'9, 270 lbs
Kaleb Wesson took a step forward in his junior season with the Buckeyes. He's become a more reliable offensive option and matches up well physically with anyone.
29. Los Angeles Lakers: Isaiah Joe
Height/Weight: 6'5, 180 lbs
Perhaps the top shooter in the NBA Draft, Joe has shot 41% from deep in his first two years in college. A solid wing that could contribute right out the gate for any team in need of a sharpshooter.
30. Boston Celtics (via Bucks): Scottie Lewis
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Lewis is quick and smooth, not unlike Jarrett Culver of the Timberwolves. But he needs to shoot more efficiently or else it will hurt his draft stock.